Posts Tagged ‘#mountainspirit’

Somebody Had to Say It

15/07/2022

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Scan in for those you love

04/07/2022

Putting Your Cards on the Table

04/07/2022
Cards: A bit of bravado helps

To Warrick Stubbs,
Golden Bay, New Zealand:
You are an inspiration. I’m hitting my stride even without the cards. As You know, I ran out of cards about 4 hours ago.
Thanks for being the brainchild of these “mask-winked” cards. One lady on the last flight looked at me and said, “I hate wearing this mask”, and thanks to you, in not a soft voice, I replied, “You don’t have to. I haven’t worn my for a long time.” Adding, “and if enough of us stop wearing them, it’s game over. Later, once we disembarked, and in the ChCh airport lobby, I passed by her again. She smiled, (the mask was off) and gave me a thumbs up.
Thanks Warrick, for all your tips and encouragement on how to reach out to those still finding their way to dumping the mask.
I must say though, the Cambridge librarian and a driver on the public bus system were a bit hectic this arvo, all in a big flap. But both settled down once I smiled at them. These cards are part of our “media arsenal” to do an end-run around mainstream media’s narrative.

Rush Hour, Mountain Spirit Style

28/07/2020

A mob of sheep from Lake Hawea Station are herded by Jeep and dog past our gate and across the small ford where they pause for a drink. More than once we’ve been late because of these traffic jams, which are a welcome reminder to slow down, smell the flowers, and…the sheep.

Bumper to Bumper traffic outside our gate today

Neuroscience Study Shows Gratitude Pays Off, Rewires Your Brain

12/07/2019

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Mountain Spirit New Zealand

Half-way through my Outward Bound career, I starting introducing the concept of gratefulness by asking my students to name five things for which they were grateful. The five things didn’t have to be from their wilderness trip, it could be anything.  It was an eye opener to see how some of them had a difficulty finding things in which to be grateful. They were just out of practice. So was I. These days, it’s been a daily question in our family, sometimes at the dinner table or while driving. It puts things in perspective, and not only for our 8yr-old.

Echkart Tolle states in his book Power of Now, “When you honor, acknowledge, and fully accept your present reality — where you are, who you are, what you are doing right now — when you fully accept what you have got, you are grateful for what you have got, grateful for what is, grateful for Being. Gratitude for the present moment and the fullness of life now is true prosperity. It cannot come in the future. Then, in time, that prosperity manifests for you in various ways.” (There’s more of this excerpt here.)

If quotes from Tolle aren’t convincing enough, a recent UCLA study should give you something to think about…

Neuroscience Reveals: This Is How Gratitude Literally Rewires Your Brain to Be Happier
From: Real Life Pharmacy
By Justin Brown

We often hear about the power of gratitude for creating a more positive and happy mental state. But did you know that gratitude literally transforms your brain?

According to UCLA’s Mindfulness Awareness Research Center, regularly expressing gratitude literally changes the molecular structure of the brain, keeps the gray matter functioning, and makes us healthier and happier.

When you feel happiness, the central nervous system is affected. Read more….

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